Spodee: Wine with a Kick

October 31, 2014


I don't stray too far from my Vodka + Soda + Lime, and I'm not a huge beer drinker. Note: There's an occasional Whiskey + Ginger. More than anything, I love a glass of cool, white wine. I like my wine to be a little angry, with a dry, bitter bite. So, when Spodee White Wine appeared in my mailbox, I jumped at the opportunity to try something totally new to my taste buds. Not only is this homemade country wine infused with garden herbs, spices, and moonshine, but there's a history so deep, it's impossible not be interested.

"While nobody knows the true origin of White Mule Farms, one thing we know for sure: it was a name synonymous with bootlegging. Among those in the know, White Mule Farms was the secret knock, the special handshake, the insider wink, and if you knew, you knew... Today, Spodee is crafted and brewed in a place as reliable as you can get: Brotherhood Winery, America's oldest, built in 1839 and still standing today." (spodeewine.com.about)

Spodee White is a Depression era hooch, bottled with essence of pineapple, amaretto, and toasted coconut. Best served chilled over ice. Despite a skeptical mindset, I appreciated the opening kick of my first sip. I assumed the moonshine would follow the wine with an inevitable burning of the throat, but it was quite the opposite. The kick hits first, followed by a smooth, settling taste of white wine with light, fruity notes. I'm looking forward to mixing Spodee White with a variety of simple sodas and fresh fruit. Click here for Spodee White Recipes. Please enjoy responsibly.

1 part Spodee White
2 parts Limeade
2 parts Ginger Beer
Combine Spodee White and limeade in a tall glass over ice.
Stir and top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wheels and enjoy.